How to know when your spine is in ‘neutral’

When you stand, you have an arch in your lower back called your lordosis. In this position, your lordosis shape is ‘neutral’.

Your lordosis shape should be much the same whether you’re sitting or standing.

  1. Stand in front of a chair and place one hand in the small of your back and the other hand on your stomach.
  2. Note the shape of your lordosis.
  3. Now sit down and restore the shape of your lordosis.
  4. Do this several times, maintaining this back shape, to get the feel for your neutral posture. Keeping your lordosis in neutral is good for your back and will help you to improve your overall posture.
Person standing and sitting with hand in small of back

Place one hand in the small of your back and one hand on your stomach. Alternate between sitting and standing, while trying to maintain your lordosis in its standing shape. 

Your lordosis shape should be much the same whether you’re sitting or standing.

Your lordosis shape should be much the same whether you’re standing or driving.

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